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Response - Status.

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UNIT 1: RESPONSE Our first few lessons were based on "Status". We were placed into pairs, where one person was A, who would play the dominant role in the scene. We were given a different situation each time, where there was clearly one person there with more authority. We had to improvise a scene lasting about thirty seconds. Then we ended each scene, by marking the moment with a freeze-frame, so we could return back to the scene later. Then we changed partners and situation. One of the situations we were in was when I took on the role of a schoolteacher, who was questioning a pupil who had done something wrong. I was marching around the pupil, forcing her to admit the truth. My partner, Linzi, denied it all and was clearly upset that she had been accused. The scene came to a still and when we returned later, I revealed to Linzi what she had supposedly done, taken Mr Piggy off the shelf. This added a punch line to the scene and as it was a spontaneous improvisation, Linzi hadn't a clue what I was accusing her of. So when I told her, she and I both had to communicate with each other well so the scene would flow on. This activity enabled me to work with others more easily and with more confidence. We worked in three's and we were given a situation, where one person was being interrogated, about what was for us to decide. This activity allowed us to take on dominative roles. By using different strategies, we had to improvise a short scene in a given time of two minutes. We decided that Sam was to play the suspect who has been charged on suspected murder. Jess and I were the two police officers that were interrogating him. We went through different approaches to present the story across to the audience. ...read more.

Middle

We used little props, three chairs and a table with two chairs in the corner was all that was needed and they all symbolise the situation. The gun is significant because it brings tension to the scene as whether or not it is going to be used on anyone. Then the scene carries on from there with the ending being that Paulina and Roberto have both just killed Gerardo and then out of more revenge, I kill Roberto. We had an open ending, which we could create a new beginning so to speak. We asked ourselves, "What happens to Paulina now then?" This open ending created a climax releasing tension into the scene. With this open ending, it allowed us now to develop our scene more. We decided to change the scene, and have it starting off at the police station, where Paulina is being interrogated about the two dead bodies found in her home. Paulina refuses to speak. Then we have a flashback and we perform the scene we had originally done. Then when that ends we go back to the police station, where Paulina denies any charge of murder. We then thought of having Roberto and Gerardo appearing back into the scene as apirrations and make Paulina become confused and afraid and show that what she has done will forever always be haunting her. We thought about how about we could do this and here is a sample of our script explaining how we presented this: Paulina: (looks frustrated and confused) It was just him! (Puts her hands on her head) Policewoman:(looks annoyed and impatient) Who is "him"? Tell me Paulina! (Implying) You murdered Roberto and Gerardo didn't you. Light falls slowly on Roberto and Gerardo who are both sitting, tied to a chair, with their heads down. They then move their heads in the direction of Paulina with no expression on them. ...read more.

Conclusion

I saw this group carry it out and it worked really well. The devil voice sounded more sinister and evil, than the angel voice, which was softer. This explorative strategy I hadn't used yet so I will consider approaching it next time. Another group, Kira, Kitty and Ollie, had a very emotive and strong ambience in their scene. Kira played the part of Roberto. She was upstage being tied to a chair, with tape over her mouth. Then Ollie (Gerardo) and Kitty (Paulina), downstage, were arguing over what Paulina was doing and that Gerardo disagreed with the idea. At one point, they both left the scene and Roberto was left in the scene and managed to untie himself and did a soliloquy, revealing his thoughts and he used abusive language to illustrate his anger and resentment for Paulina who has captured him when he is innocent. "I hate that cow!" This was quite amusing for the audience but serious also. At the end, there was a twist to the story, where Roberto kills Gerardo by accident and then feels guilty and kills himself. The scene ends here on a very emotive tone and what had just happened passed very quickly with little dialogue. This I thought was a good idea to let body language reveal the characters feelings. Kira put on a very confused and guilty face just before she killed herself and Kitty looked extremely angry and sad over the death of her beloved Gerardo. They used only one chair and a gun in their scene and the story still came through with a lot of useful techniques and the Schubert music at the beginning added more to the suspense and the disturbing situation that was going on. I learnt from this that you don't need the full set of props, furniture, lighting and scenery to create a good performance and it's more to do with the drama strategies and elements used but the drama mediums used can develop a performance to a higher level of understanding for the audience to watch and enjoy. Rachel Tsang 4/28/2007 ...read more.

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